If you are still searching for the perfect Advent Calendar to enjoy this Christmas, then you might want to step this way. The range of calendars on sale for 2018 are both wonderfully diverse, attractive, and they have a treat behind each window that should delight, whether your taste is for gin, for chocolate, or for a beautifully scented candle.
One for Gin Lovers
Without sounding like we are heading back to the 18th century and the time of Hogarth, Gin has definitely retained it’s place as the drink of choice for many people. Yumbles, a curated marketplace connecting food lovers with the UK’s best small batch independent food and drink producers have this year put together a fabulous array of advent calendars, including ones that will appeal to both chocolate and tea lovers, but my own personal pick is the ‘All I Want For Christmas Chocolate Gin Advent Calendar‘ which combines two of my favourite things, chocolate and gin.
The calendar has a selection of both milk and white Belgian chocolate snowflakes making every day ‘gin o clock’ (someone please buy one for the Queen) and it looks super pretty too.
The One for Spice Lovers
The Big Chilli Advent Calender from Sous Chef will appeal to lovers of spice and of cooking. It offers you the chance for a very tasty, albeit a hot and spicy December with 25 packets of Chilli flakes, spices and whole Chillies that you can use in your cooking. In addition, the advent windows tell you all about your Chilli choice, and there is a recipe book giving you tasty ideas of recipes you can use your chillies in, perfect for when you get bored of the turkey and tinsel.
Sous Chef says:-
Last year The Big Chilli Advent Calendar was chosen as number 1 in the Telegraph’s Best Alternative Advent Calendars 2017.
This year it promises to be bigger and better, a real crowd pleaser for those who like it hot. In addition,. the individual chilli packets are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free, and there are also vegan recipes for every chilli.
The One For Sweetie Lovers
When it comes to a calendar for sweet lovers, one name jumps into your mind. HARIBO, with its jelly sweets which include Gold Bears, Maoams and Tropifruittis, have put together an advent calendar that includes all your favourite mini bags, with a few festive treats to look out for, including Santa’s boot, a reindeer and a gold star topped Christmas tree.
The HARIBO Advent Calendar is available from a selection of stores including Tesco, B&M and ASDA.
One for tea lovers
The Pukka advent calendar is the one for those who love a good brew. Containing 24 varieties of Pukka tea, including herbal, fruit and green tea, this calender costs less than £10 and is a healthy alternative if you think you need to steer clear of the gin and sweeties!
One for lovers of candles
A beautifully scented candle for each of the days in the countdown to Christmas, and a gorgeous tealight holder to enjoy them with, this is the premise for the John Lewis Christmas Advent and tealight.
Each of the candles has a suitably seasonal scent (I’m thinking Fir and Mulberry and cinnamon) that should leave your Christmas home smelling amazing.
One for Wine lovers
If your tipple of choice is a good glass of Malbec, or a chilled Pinot Grigio, then the Wine advent calendar from John Lewis is definitely going to tickle your tastebuds. The “Wine down” to Christmas’ features 24 mini bottles from around the world. . Each door conceals a 187ml bottle of red, white or rose wine.
John Lewis has a substantial selection of Advent Calendars which you can view here.